Our first draft horse- Levi. Levi is a registered North American Spotted Draft Horse and was born in 2001. He is part Percheron and Shire with a bit of unknown riding horse mixed in. He came to live with us in 2002. When he was 3 years old, he was saddle broke and was a trail horse until we converted him to driving horse in 2007. He was diagnosed with allergies that leave him so uncomfortable in the summer, he goes on vacation until the first frost of the fall. He does work with a team mate, but excels in single horse vehicles. He’s 16.2 hands tall and weighs 1800 pounds.
Having a ‘matched’ team is wonderful, however, we don’t place as high a priority on matching colors or sizes as we do matching temperament and gait.
Horses that don’t match in color used to be called a Boston Match, the term originating in Boston when describing the Boston Fire Horses that were unmatched in color.
When Levi’s allergies were discovered, it was decided we should look for another horse to drive during the time Levi was unable. After shopping around, we came upon a pretty little filly in southern Michigan, a breed we knew nothing about, called Brabant. She was born in the spring of 2010, and came to live with us in October 2010. The typical Brabant horse is shorter in stature, but heavy boned and short bodied. However, Haylee turned out to be anything but typical. She is 17 hands high and weighs around 2300 pounds.
Haylee is an American Brabant- a cross between an European Brabant and an American Belgian. Haylee and her brothers Fergus and Finn, are a color called Blue Roan which is a mixture of black and white hairs mixed together giving them a blue or grayish coloration. They have black “points”- Ears, nose, mane, tail and legs. Their winter hair coat is very dark, almost charcoal and as they shed in the spring, they become very light ashy gray with black points.
Not long after Haylee came to us, we decided we liked her temperament so much, we wanted another one just like her, so we put in an order with our horse supplier. It took a couple of years, but… in 2013… in the deal of a lifetime, we acquired Fergus and Finn, half brothers to each other and Haylee.
Finn on the left and Haylee on the right, give riders a farm tour.
Little sister Hannah is a Brabant- American Belgian cross. She was born in December of 2013. She is much shorter than her big sister Haylee , but weighs about 1700 lbs. She will grow more in the next year or two.
Here’s Roscoe, our Pony-Horse Mascot. He was given to us in 2014 at the age of around 1 1/2 years old. He’s a pony/horse cross and at first we weren’t sure if we would keep him, or fatten him up and find him a forever home. However, his pony antics were too hard to resist and his job for now, is to be a companion horse, playmate and draft horse athletic director. He keeps those big guys moving!